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Dean's Student Initiatives Fund: Criteria

Dean's Student Initiatives Fund: Criteria

The Dean’s Student Initiatives Fund has been established to provide financial support for student initiatives that aspire to create dialogue and foster a greater sense of community through special events, lectures, or other forms of community engagement.

Eligibility Criteria: A Faculty of Arts and Science student or student group [either undergraduate or graduate] may apply for support. The following criteria will be considered in evaluating proposals:

  • Does the proposal fulfill an educational purpose for Arts and Science students?
  • Does the proposal promote dialogue? Special consideration will be given to proposals that promote cross-cultural dialogue.
  • Does the proposal create a forum for various viewpoints?
  • Does the proposal engage with communities within and outside of campus boundaries?
  • Is the proposal realistic, with credible timelines, resource requirements, and goals?
  • Will the proposal be of sufficiently broad interest to engage a significant portion of the student community?

Value: Variable depending on project budget [maximum $1000].


  • The Dean’s Student Initiative Fund is limited to one-time-only and should not be expected to support an ongoing activity year after year. Sponsors of annual events (e.g. conferences, symposiums) who are applying for one-time-only funding should demonstrate the innovative components of the event for which they are applying.
  • Applicants for activities intended to on-going or annual should demonstrate plans to become self-sustaining. The Fund should be viewed only as start-up assistance for such activities.
  • Journals and magazines should focus on electronic dissemination. Hard copy printing costs will not be considered.
  • The Fund does not fund catering costs.
  • The Fund does not fund individual students requesting travel for research, delivering papers, or taking courses. Graduate students requesting funds for travel should contact their home unit. Undergraduate students should approach their college or program sponsor.

Applications: All components of the application must be submitted together. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must include the following:

  • Application form (MS Word document).
  • Detailed proposal -- The application must include a detailed description of the proposal, and should indicate how the proposal fulfils the eligibility criteria listed above.
  • Budget -- The application must include an approximate breakdown of expenses. The budget should also indicate any other sources of funding; applications requesting matching funds for funds already raised will be at an advantage.
  • Letters of support -- The application must include at least two letters of support for the proposal from students, faculty, staff, alumni, or community members. At least one of these must be from a University of Toronto faculty or staff member.

Deadline: There will be two competitions per year. Deadlines are October 15 and February 3 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please note: An individual student or group of students may only submit one application per academic year. While a student or group may submit a proposal similar to one offered in a previous year, this fund should not be expected to support an ongoing activity year after year.

Submit application to:
Office of the Faculty Registrar, Faculty of Arts and Science
100 St. George Street, Room 1006
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3